This morning, former President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi passed away. He had been hospitalized in a clinic in Rome for a long time and was going to turn 96 in December. Ciampi was born in Livorno on 9 December, 1920, and after studying in a Jesuit school, he graduated from Normal University of Pisa and, in the same Tuscan city. Then he obtained a second degree in law at the same University.
A few minutes after his death, dozens of condolence messages flooded Twitter. Even Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has chosen Twitter to send his embrace to “Mrs. Franca. And a grateful thought to the man of the institutions who served Italy with passion.” “I remember Carlo Azeglio Ciampi – writes Minister Paolo Gentiloni – an example of consistency, competence, and dignity. A great Italian statesman”. “Carlo Azeglio Ciampi – writes David Sassoli, Vice President of the European Parliament – was an anti-Fascist partisan, the Head of the Bank of Italy. Praise to this great Italian man”.
Ciampi had a long career in politics and in the institutions. He was head of the Bank of Italy – which he joined in 1946 as a temporary civil servant, and his first function was to protocol inbound mail and copy the outgoing – from 1979 to 1993, president of the Council of Ministers (1993-1994), Minister of the treasury and of the budget and economic planning (1996-1997), then Minister of the treasury, budget and economic planning (1998-1999). He was the first prime minister and the first non-parliamentary head of state – elected in 1999 with a large majority, 707 votes out of 1010 – in the history of the Republic, Ciampi was the second President of the Republic after being elected head the Bank of Italy, preceded by Luigi Einaudi in 1948.
In 2005, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi received the Charlemagne Prize in the German city of Aachen for his commitment to ensure the idea of Europe, united and peaceful; in 2005, he also received an honorary David di Donatello Prize for his desire to relaunch the Italian cinema.